Manhattan will return to cinemas on 12 May, opening at BFI Southbank and select sites nationwide.
Released as a new 4K digital print scanned from the original camera negative, Woody Allen’s monochrome masterpiece was the first of the director’s classic oeuvre to be made available digitally by Park Circus having received its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2016.
By turns a rhapsodic city symphony and an astute character study, Manhattan is a portrait of a modern metropolis and the messy lives of its inhabitants. It’s a love letter from a hometown hero that remains ones of Woody Allen’s most successful explorations of his enduring themes: complex relationships, compromised romances and his own creative processes.
42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis has a job he hates, a 17-year-old girlfriend he doesn’t love and a lesbian ex-wife who’s writing a tell-all book about their marriage. Living vicariously through the protagonist of his debut novel, but struggling to find personal or professional fulfilment of his own, Isaac quits his job as a television writer and begins a relationship with his best friend’s mistress, setting him off on a neurosis-riddled journey of self-discovery and self-sabotage.